Art. Feminism. Femme Fire.
Tracing Ancestry #1
Tracing ancestry is a bit of scientific fact and a lot of myth. What is most true, can be called memory.
Tracing Ancestry #2
Tracing ancestry is about leaving room for what is.
Tracing Ancestry #3
Tracing ancestry is about making do with whatever we have left.
Tracing Ancestry #4
I know that free black women from whom
I have been given this blood, have lived here.
Those who have moved on
still call this place home.
Tracing Ancestry #5
We travel to a place
someone called home.
Tracing Ancestry #6
When the line begins to fade,
we fill it in with negetaive space.
Tracing Ancestry #7
When I drive into Warrenton,
I realize that there is no sense of pilgrimage
for this home going, just an arrivala shrug of, here I am.
Tracing Ancestry #8
The here I am of my mother who was the only cousin that could not pass for white at the movie theater.
Tracing Ancestry #9
The here I am of my great-grandfather
going off to vote,
and my great-grandmother
worried for his life
back home on the farm.
Tacing Ancestty #10
Another Here I am.
Tracing Ancestry #11
It can never be for nostalgia's sake
Nostalgia is a lie that does not make room
for the loss of ancestry.